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Photos and report by Rocco Morales
Just as is the case today, in December 1984, the heavyweight championship was splintered and divided amongst three different champions. However, instead of two of the champions being Ukranian and the other being British, back in the day American boxers still ruled the heavyweight division and the titlists were Americans Larry Holmes, Pinklon Thomas and Greg Page. 1984 is significant because it was also when the wildly popular Battle In The Ballroom began an amazing 26 year run and helped to bring boxing to a new crowd of boxing who could enjoy an evening of boxing in a hotel ballroom rather than in a grungy old arena. For more details and photos click here…
Report by Brady Crytzer
In a fight of the year candidate on the night of the final WEC event, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis used every weapon in his arsenal to defeat champion Benson Henderson via unanimous decision.
Although considered to be a not-so-classic matchup of striker versus grappler, the champion Henderson proved that he had no fear in trading blows with the 23 year old challenger. After both men missed with jumping roundhouse kicks, Henderson was able to slam his opponent to the mat. Though he was down, Pettis was certainly not out and he popped back to his feet after a brief stint on his back. Once standing again, Pettis was able to score with a quick strike that briefly wobbled the champion. Visibly hurt, Henderson shot in for a takedown and ended the round from the top position. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Bernard Hopkins 174.6 vs. Jean Pascal 174.10
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Paul Malignaggi 148.8 vs. Michael Lozada 148.6
Peter Quillin 164.14 vs. Martin Desjardins 164.5
Pier Olivier Cote 138.12 vs. Cesar Soriano 138.12
Tyson Fury 268.14 vs. Zack Page 212.3
Kevin Bizier 148.10 vs. Ronnie Warrior 149.2
Daniel Jacobs 164.12 vs. Jesse Orta 164.10
Eric Martel Bahoeli 239.4 vs. Ruben Rivera 261.5
Mikael Zewski 157.3 vs. Leonardo Rojas 159.9
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jorge Arce 121.5 vs. Adolfo Ramos 121.5
Campeonato Mundial Minimosca Omb 12 Rounds
Ramon Garcia 107 vs. Omar Pastor 107
(WBO interim light flyweight title)
Joksan Hernandez 129 vs. Jorge Lacierva 129
Omar Chavez 147.7 vs. Ignasi Caballero 147.7
Ramon Maas 122 vs. Leopoldo Arrocha 122
Venue: Estadio 20 de Noviembre
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank, Gobierno de Campeche
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports
Hundreds of fans were in hand for the official weigh-in of the big boxing card that will be held here this Saturday night with three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce taking on Adolfo Ramos in the main event. (more…)
The first Prizefighter tournament of 2011 sees the light heavyweights take over the Olympia in London on January 29. The 16th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man one-night tournament is so far lacking the usual big international name or two. The best known fighter is former British super middleweight beltholder Tony Dodson. The rest of the lineup includes Travis Dickinson, Llewellyn Davies, Menay Edwards, Billy Slate, Joe Smyth, Michael Banbula and a fighter who will be announced soon.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was arrested by Las Vegas police last night in a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an alleged November 15 assault on a security guard. He was picked up at a Las Vegas Casino last night and held until 10:53AM today. Mayweather, who is also currently facing a domestic violence charge from another incident, allegedly poked a security guard in the face with his finger after receiving a parking ticket on November 15.
Here are the weights from Berlin ahead of tomorrow’s WBO cruiserweight title clash:
Marco Huck 199.1 vs Denis Lebedev198.2
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 199.1 vs Ali Ismailov 197.5
WBA cruiserweight eliminator)
Alexander Povetkin 229.3 vs Nicolai Firtha 259
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Recently it has been known that highly regarded Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may land a fight with the WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslay Senchenko in March 2011. For many, it’s a big surprise that Canelo could fight for the WBA and not the WBC title. According to promoter Eddy Reynoso of Canelo Promotions, Alvarez could fight anyone who would provide a better future. European champion Matthew Hatton has also been mentioned as a possible foe. In addition, there is talk of a three fight plan with Golden Boy Promotions culminating in a world title fight in the U.S.
It’s the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. After 26 years at the Irvine Marriott, where the name “Battle In The Ballroom” became synonymous with sold out shows and competitive fights in an intimate venue, renowned Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht has decided that it is time for a change.
So beginning on February 24, 2011, Englebrecht will launch “Fight Club OC,” a bi-monthly series that he promises will feature the kind of boxing action that has brought 38 current and former world champions to SoCal fans hungry for one thing and one thing only – competitive fights.
Englebrecht has teamed up with the OC Fair & Event Center to stage six Thursday night Fight Club OC shows in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Open less than a year the 23,000 square foot venue is the newest and most modern building on the OC Fair property. Designed with an aviation hangar look, its 50 foot high arched ceiling and unique 50 foot high hangar doors, that can be opened during spring and summer nights, give it a big time arena feel, better to now feature the explosive action that only Fight Club OC can deliver. (more…)
By Igor Frank
Junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan talks about a rumored title shot against WBA world champion Miguel Cotto next March.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Thursday at the Sport Complex “Daulet” in Astana, Kazakhstan, reigning WBA middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) retained his world crown with a triumph in round three over the Colombian Nilson Tapia (14-3-1, 10 KOs). Here are more details on the fight…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Gil Ramirez 159.50 vs Rogelio Medina 159.50
José “Torito” Rodríguez 107.80 vs Jesús “Tyson” Limones 107.80
Alan “Explosivo” Herrera 130.90 vs Carlos Raúl Guzmán 130.90
Carlos “Chapito” Velarde 107.80 vs Hugo Olvera 107.80
Frank “Jabato” Haros 140.80 vs Esteban Díaz 145.20
Rafael Rosas 118.80 vs Antonio Hernández 117.70
Jasseth Noriega 112.20 vs Martha Molina 112.20
David Cavita 133.10 vs Carlos Gómez 134.20
Venue: German Evers Gym
Promoter: Zapari Boxing Promotions
Las Vegas hosts its first world title fight of 2011 when world bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defends his title against two-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, in the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Also on the card will be a rematch between undefeated welterweight champion Mike Jones and Jesus Soto-Karass reprising their exciting battle which took place on November 13 under the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito pay-per-view extravaganza.
Looking for a great last-minute Christmas gift? Tickets to Montiel vs. Donaire, priced at $250, $125, $50 and $25 go on-sale Thursday December 23, at Noon PT at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Team Morales
All set for Saturday’s clash between Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and Dominican Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. At the final press conference, both Morales and Lorenzo said expect an explosive and strong fight.
Morales stated, “He’s a very experienced opponent who has fought good fighters and it’s guaranteed to be a great show for the fans to come out to support me in my return to Tijuana.” (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Two-time world champion Bernard Hopkins trained Thursday night at The Chateau Bonne Entente in Quebec City. As you can see, “The Executioner” is ready for WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. More photos…
Photo: Tom Barnes
Angel Hernandez 160 vs. Osumanu Adama 159.5
David Estrada 154 vs. Franklin Gonzalez 152
Carl Davis 197 vs. Arthur Williams 200
Donatas Bondoravas 155.5 vs. Brandon Baue 156
Adrian Granados 142. vs Justin Danforth 141
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs. Tommy Atencio 129
Lamar Russ 160 vs. Eli Augustama 162
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Results by Brady Crytzer
In a fight of the year candidate on the night of the final WEC event, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis used every weapon in his arsenal to defeat champion Benson Henderson via unanimous decision. Henderson, the fighter thought to be the better grappler of the two, had success with takedowns in round one. In the second round the striking of Pettis dictated the pace of the fight and helped him control his opponent. Round three saw Pettis begin to control the grappling as well as the stand-up and round four saw his well-rounded attack continue. In the final round Pettis connected on Henderson with a leaping spinning roundhouse kick launched from the cage wall. Scorecards read 49-46 and 48-47 twice making Pettis the new WEC lightweight champion.
In the contest to crown the first UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz dominated challenger Scott Jorgensen over five one-sided rounds. Scorecards read the same, 50-45 in favor of the champion. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Welterweight Dmitriy Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a punishing third round KO over late sub James Wayka (16-10-1, 8 KOs) on Thursday night at the famed Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Salita used a brutal body attack to dropped Wayka twice in round two and twice more in round three before the fight was waved off by referee David Fields. Time was 1:53. Salita claimed the vacant NY State title. Click here for more photos…
By Felipe Leon at the scale
Christopher Martin 126 vs Yogli Herrera 129
Ronny Rios 128 vs Adolfo Landeros 128
Rolando Perez 140 vs Federico Martinez 140 3/4**
Angel Torres 133 1/2 vs Ronald Hurley 131
Anthony Martinez 147 vs Jaime Orrantia 149
Notes: **Martinez will drop the 3/4 of a pound.
Venue: Four Points Sheraton
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen
Ray Austin 239 ¾ vs. Odlanier Solis 260
Tavoris Cloud 175 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 174
Ricardo Mayorga 162.5 vs. Michael Walker 160 ½
Darrel Madison 251 ¼ vs. Michael Marrone 260 ½
Eileen Olszewski 110 ¾ vs. Anastasia Toktoulova 109 ½
Angelo Santana 137 ¼ vs. John David Charles 137
Erkan Teper 233 vs. Donato DeMartiis 219 ½
Pedro Rodriguez 195 ¼* vs. TJ Cook 198 ½**
*Rodriguez weighed over contracted weight of 195 by ¼ lb. Weighed 193 ½ on second attempt.
**Cook weighed over by 3 ½ lbs. Rodriguez allowed this weight.
Note: After Mayorga punched Walker a scuffle ensued.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photo: Vincent Ethier
Heading into most fights the most common pre-fight banter heard revolves around such words as battle, victory, and champion. With Bernard Hopkins promising to wear a jersey to the ring bearing the number 45, signifying his age, all the talk leading into Saturday’s showdown has revolved around words such as history and legacy.
Jean Pascal who goes into the fight as Champion is asking just one question: “Can he live up to his legacy?”
“When I was a kid, one of the stories I read was about Winnie the Pooh and how he got his nose caught in a beehive once, in search of honey. I liked that story and it parallels what will happen in this fight. Whether Hopkins should be concerned about his legacy if he stinks up the place, fight dirty, and then loses, this is his problem.” (more…)
Enad Licina, watch out…IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham has another mouth to feed. On Tuesday, Livvy Cunningham gave birth to the couple’s third child, Cruz Cunningham, who weighed in at 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Cruz joins brother Steve Jr. and sister Kennedy in their father’s rooting section. “We are happy and blessed by the newest addition to our family, now it’s back to business, preparing for a world title challenge with this as an extra incentive for victory,“ Cunningham said.
The champ needs to get right back to work as he is scheduled to defend his title against mandatory challenger Licina. Fightnews.com and Team Sauerland congratulates the entire Cunningham family.
Super Six World Boxing Classic semifinalists Glen Johnson and Carl Froch have been in world title fights against Two-Time World Champion Bernard Hopkins and WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal, respectively, and like Arthur Abraham, they are picking Pascal to beat the 45-year-old Hopkins on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Saturday, Dec. 18, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada.
There are three other world-ranked fighters, however, who feel the wily veteran with 57 career professional fights will have enough to dethrone Pascal. (more…)
Photos: André Latendorf
Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. Universum Box-Promotion will kick-off 2011 with a historic unification clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and WBA light heavyweight king Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) on January 8th in Shymkent Kazakhstan. Today Brähmer, his trainer Michael Timm and promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl spoke to the press for the first time about the fight at a press conference in Hamburg. (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
Former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) makes his return to the ring Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec against Michael Lozada (36-6-1, 29 KOs), in one of the main support bouts on a card featuring Bernard Hopkins versus Jean Pascal for Pascal’s WBC light heavyweight title . . . Click here for more
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